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Favia speciosa

Dana, 1846

Colonies are massive. Corallites are circular and closely compacted in shallow water, more widely spaced in deeper water. Septa are fine, numerous and regular. Paliform lobes are usually poorly developed.

Colour: Pale grey, green or brown, usually with calices of contrasting colours.

Habitat: All reef environments.

Abundance: One of the most common faviids, especially in high latitudes.

Similar species: Favia helianthoides , Favia truncatus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia speciosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Typical appearance in shallow water with corallites crowded.  Gerry Allen.

Favia speciosa.Papua New Guinea.Typical appearance in shallow water with corallites crowded.Gerry Allen.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Favia speciosa.  Indonesia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Roger Steene.

Favia speciosa.Indonesia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Roger Steene.

Favia speciosa.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Roger Steene.

Favia speciosa.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Roger Steene.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Favia speciosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Favia speciosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.